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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 22 - Sept. 28, 2000 Trlsh Vernon photo The Indian River Fire Department will benefit from an Ol' Fashion Barbecue, slated for 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at Holly Lake Campground on Route 24 near Angola. The entire family is invited, with swimming, a petting zoo, hayrides and fire truck rides for the children and special guest Gerald Hocker, 20th Senatorial District candidate. The barbecue will be held rain or shine and admission is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to the fire department. Shown at Holly Lake Campground are members of the Indian River Fire Department with Kenny Hopkins, manager of Holly Lake, which is hosting the event, and Hocker. They are (l- r) Ron Ferraro, John Swithenbank, Hocker, Hopkins, Dominic Messina and Tom Hirleman. Reply to article on Brittingham I am writing to protest to the sensationalistic and spiteful man- ner in which the Cape Gazette chose to report the arrest of Keith Brittingham. It is shameful, for instance, that this arrest received greater initial coverage than did a recent gruesome local, murder. It is also a great shame that you will not choose to print this letter, as you did the arrest story, as a front- page lead story with a banner headline like "Keith Brittingham is a good man." He is a good man who appears to have made some bad choices with regard to his personal life. I am convinced that dealing drugs, especially to children, is not among those. He is a loving fa- ther, a loving grandfather and a man who loves all children. The obvious implication in your story that he has been or was planning to sell drugs to children is inflam- matory and totally unfounded. Presenting this implication as a quote, in this case attributed to a law officer, does not relieve the publisher from the obligation to fully consider the veracity or any ramifications of such an implica- tion. If this was the "bust" of a drug business, where were the weapons usually seized in such raids? Where was the cache of drug money? why were the plants "in plain view behind the house?" Furthermore, it is wrong to as- sume that one is planning to sell something simply because they have a lot of that something. It may well simply indicate that the individual uses a lot of the sub- stance, perhaps with a group of buddies who regularly hang out and help to.c0nsume the stuff. I am not condoning this life-style. I am merely suggesting that one's having a lot of something does not automatically imply a busi- ness venture. It is illegal to cultivate and use marijuana in most jurisdictions. When someone is busted the re- sultant penalty is determined in part by the quantity of material seized. While I know very little about marijuana plants, I inher- ently know that such figures can be readily manipulated to suit an intended purpose. There are sev- eral questions which come to mind: how much of a plant is us- able; how does a plant's gross weight correlate to the weight of the product; how many plants can be grown on six acres? I don't know the answers, but I do know that six acres can support "270 pounds of plants" many times over. The story on this arrest indi- cates that the seized plants were "growing on six acres." This is an intentional attempt to imply that the plants covered six acres, which in turn, is intended to im- ply a certain severity to the of- fense and garner a specific public Certainteed Premium Lap Siding withstands wind load pressures up to 180 mph. A colorful selection of kS styles and trim, Monogram TM offers outstanding opportunities for expressions of style. *, Four classic stylus Low gloss, rough ccvJar-like texture or sm)th brushed finLsh F.xclusive self-aligning Cetlilxwk'l'M ix,st-formed pa,sitive kK'k 21) ,,)lid colors. 8 natural w(xnl tone blends and 31 cx)rdirmting trim cokrs. Virtually Maintenance Free QUALI,00.TYo ROOFINoG S00PLY CO. Campaign Continued from page 8 pass tough new nursing home standards to protect seniors. Skip Roberts, director of legisla- tion for the SEIU, the nation's largest union for health care workers, joined Carper to criticize the ads, which praise Roth for voting to protect seniors, but ig- nore his vote to repeal federal nursing home standards, his vote to eliminate" the guarantee for nursing home care for seniors on Medicaid and Sen. Roth's vote-to slash over $270 billion from Medicare. 40th District Democrats reorganize The Democrat Executive Com- mittee of the 40th Representative District has elected a new chair- man and reorganized for the No- reaction. In this country we treat chemi- cal dependency as a disease. One in four people on the street will have their families critically im- pacted by alcohol and other drug related problems.  How does sensational negative journalism like your article help an already struggling family try to deal with the broad devastation of this disease? How will this good man, after being tried and con- victed by the press, be able to put his life back together? He is a good man. He did not commit a heinous crime. He de- served better than this kind of coverage. Paul E. Howard, M.D. Lewes Camilla Confon From Jack Lingo Realtors & Staff For Being Recognized as Of The year vember general elections. Frank B. Calio, former Sussex chair of the Democrat Executive Committee, was selected to lead the 40th District, with Ed Ralph, former Deputy Secretary of Agri- culture, and committeeman for the 4-40th, elected vice chairman. Bea Wright, committee woman for 5-40th District, was reelected secretary, with Barbara Messick, committee woman for the 7-40th District, reelected treasurer. Calio said there are openings in some districts for committee man, woman and junior committee per- son for those under the age of 35. Anyone interested should call Calio at 875-3770. 71e 7ea00 Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT STRATEGY Realtors can provide you with information about how the local market has performed historically, but they can't predict what the market will do next month or next year. Historically real estate has been a superb long-term investment, and many people have created fortunes on short-term investments in hot markets. If you are considering an investment in real property, ask a Realtor whom you trust to help you work out your strategy. Remember that the local market will be influenced by things beyond your control, such as interest .rates, economic trends, local employment opportunities, and the demand for and availability of rental housing. All of these factors are subject to change, so timing is crucial. A'slow market can mean real values for buyers, but a fast market could heat up for several years, pricing timid buyers out of the market. We may not be able to predict the future, but we can help you interpret the present! For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, consult Bruce or Steve at Long and Foster. Call Bruce at (302) 542- 7474 or Steve at (302) 542- 7473 or call them at 888-888- 5160 or e,mail them at, or